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Bird, Arthur

(?   -?   ) US author whose Utopia, Looking Forward: A Dream of the United States of the Americas in 1999 (1899), taking off remotely from Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), is a Future History describing an America/UK joint imperium, with America taking the Western Hemisphere (including Canada), and Britain most of the rest. ...

Mars Attacks!

Film (1996). Warner Bros. Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Jonathan Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962). Cast includes Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Brown, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox, Lukas Haas, Tom Jones, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Martin Short and Rod Steiger. 106 minutes. Colour. / This anarchic Satire ...

Vibbert, Marie

(1974-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Brain Trust" in Reflection's Edge for February 2006. Her first novel, Galactic Hellcats (2021), describes with mild gusto its two protagonists' adventures with "space motorcycles" as, variously pursued, they upset the applecart on a planet new to them, and continue their flight to interstellar glory. In the Near Future MegaDeath (2022) ...

Menville, Douglas

(1935-    ) US author and editor. He edited Forgotten Fantasy 1970-1971 and, with R Reginald (whom see for further details), was advisory editor of the various Arno Press reprint book series; he and Reginald have also collaborated on several books and Anthologies. Solo, Menville has written ...

CBS Radio Workshop

Radio series (1956-1957). CBS Radio for the CBS Radio Network. Produced by William N Robson and William Froug. Directors included Robson, Dee Englebach, Jack Johnstone, and Elliott Lewis. 86 episodes, 25-30 minutes. / A short-lived attempt to revive both radio drama and the Columbia Workshop (1936-1943; 1946-1947) which CBS produced near the end of the US Golden Age of Radio, this programme was one of the ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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